Saturday, 23 May 2015

2015 Small-Boat Sailors Rally

 

This year, the Small Boat Sailors rally will be on Saturday 13th June. As a reminder; we meet on a friendly basis in the memory of the late Charles Stock, the intrepid adventure sailor and former owner of Shoal Waters, who inspired many to take to the water in an inexpensive boat and begin cruising under sail. We have been meeting for the last four years now so this will be our fifth. Last year we met on the Broads in Norfolk. (see pic)
All sizes and types of craft are welcome to join us. Very relaxed itinerary made up as the day passes. Check your tide tables as tides will be neaps so we may sail down to Bradwell and raft-up in the area, with the aim of heading back upriver on the evening tide. Bring your puddings - I have the kettle to cook them in if you haven't! And wellies too.

Date: Saturday 13th June
Place: Goldhanger Creek, River Blackwater, Essex

Have a small dinghy and would need to launch nearby? We may be able to accommodate you.
Inbox or email Creeksailor on the address above in the sidebar.
Note: All weather permitting. Safety is paramount and it is up to each skipper to ascertain the suitability of his or her craft and experience of in tidal waters. Anyone attending does so at their own risk.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Waldringfield

The picturesque Suffolk waterside at Waldringfield - River Deben

Waldringfield Sailing Club's jewel of the Deben is the Dragonfly clinker dinghy. Beginning in the late 40s, 45 were built for the club over a 15 year period and there is still an active fleet sailing today. This one looks like its been home to more than one or two gulls but the views here are undeniably pretty. For us the sailing becomes even more interesting as we negotiate the numerous moored craft on our way further upstream. A closer look, just beyond the moorings, shows there's a pub, the Maybush Inn and also Waldringfield Boatyard.